In Photos | Thethi’s forgotten Ethnographic Museum, valuable objects face decay

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All what is left from the Ethnographic Museum of Thethi is his name and memory of past days.

The locked door implies clearly that the museum is completely forgotten.

The first storey has turned into a barn for cattle and its conditions are deteriorating by the day.

Rain pours inside the museum as the roof is almost inexistent, endangering the valuable objects stored at the museum.

“a 200-year old building, but has not received any restauration in years. What catches the is that you cannot find anyone working at this museum”, says Euronews Albania’s reporter Teodor Gjerga.

Zef Bari, has been a volunteer guide at the museum for over a decade.

He says that with the passing of the years, many relics have either been lost or destroyed.

“The museum was fully functional by the early 90s. The valuable objects that used to be displayed here have probably a cost of thousands of euros. We had the national women’s costume and many precious ornaments”, says Bari.

The once much visited museum, now has even been left out from official touristic guides.

The museum needs immediate financial investments from the Ministry of Culture, or else it will face complete decay and lose an important part of the area’s cultural heritage.

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